Progress report

Zooming back from the icy moons of Διας (Jupiter) to a pasture nearby, we noticed that the lamb we were watching is still with us. Our story from February 8 (photos from February 7) showed that there was reason for concern for the immediate health of the lamb. Today’s photos show him to be a little bigger and more steady on his feet.
He apparently has a twin, or at least a best friend, and they appear to hang out together.

I (Tom) noticed that Mom ewe seems to have a distended udder compared to her colleagues. Perhaps this is the problem – she is producing milk but can’t deliver. The shepherd seems to be aware of this and told me that everything is “Μιά χαρά” or very well. So who am I to argue? The shepherd appreciates my concern but knows, deep in his heart, that I’m stupid about such things.

white arrow points to the lamb - the orange to Mom's udder

white arrow points to the lamb – the orange to Mom’s udder

In any case, the twins seem to be slowly progressing and have survived the worst of the cold weather. They are stabled at night so all 10 ewes, older lambs and the 6 newborns are together in the dark. Who knows what happens away from prying human eyes?

Way out there

While getting my morning dose of Doonesbury, the site also offers daily an unrelated video usually of interest. This AM they presented via JPL this video which I found interesting, almost, but not quite, fascinating to my jaded sultry and heavy lidded eyes.
I thought that maybe others would appreciate the concept.

Jupiter (Διας in Greek), only 650,750,739 km (404,357,762 miles) from Earth at the moment, comes up in the early evening in the East and if the night is clear, the bigger 4 moons (out of a total of 67) are visible with standard binoculars (if you can hold them steady enough). The bigger moons are called the Gallilean Moons after Guiseppe who first saw them in 1610. They are named Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

Europa is the subject of the video.

Dress-up Thursday

KallikatzarosAlthough neither venue nor beneficiaries thought to let us know, a small bird tells us that there is a carnival party in aid of the Orfeas theatre group at Bardon on Thursday February 12, which we believe is tsiknopempti, or Burnt Thursday, this year. The party starts at ten, entrance is free, and will probably go on into the small hours. The theme is fairytale and legend, and the first suggestion we got when we rang to confirm was to dress up as Snow White. Lacking a photo of ourselves as Snow White, or indeed any of her height-challenged pals, we chose as an illustration a kallikantzaros, the mischief-making imps who are said to be abroad throughout Greece at this time of year. We expect there will be a few in front of and perhaps even behind the bar at Bardon tomorrow night. (Thanks to Wikicommons contributor Spyros Kaltikopoulos for the image.)

almondThe tree in the photo caught our eye because we usually see almond trees in groups. This one is clearly on its own. Sometimes the trees blossom white, some are pink, and some are in between. Unfortunately, the strong, cold winds of the last few days have decimated our annual display of almond blossom.
The photo is from before the storm.

Shipwreck on Andros



Last night, only 151km (81 nauticla miles) southeast of Skopelos, the 165 meter bulk carrier “Goodfaith” piled onto the rocks on the north coast of Andros.
Empty of cargo and headed for Odessa on the Black Sea, “Goodfaith” joined the parade of ships passing from the western Mediterranean through the Kafirea Narrows (between Evvia and Andros) on their way northeast towards the Bosphorus.Route
At about 7:30 last night the ship lost power and stopped mid sea but was able to regain power and resumed her journey.
19:30 10Feb15

19:30 10Feb15

Around 11:30pm she lost power again in heavy NE winds which drove her onto the rocks on the north coast of Andros.
23:30 10Feb15

23:30 10Feb15

The Coast Guard is attempting to rescue the 22 crew members (21 Filipinos and 1 Romanian).
current position 11Feb15

current position 11Feb15

current position
Crew saved.  The ship?

Crew saved. The ship?

The sea

Imagine having a meal in one of the taverna’s in Agnondas with the sea being so wild?



Photos taken last week in Agnondas by Mike, thank you!

Him: You do sell books, hmmm? Her: What do those look like, grapefruit? Dorothy Malone and Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep

Him: You do sell books, hmmm?
Her: What do those look like, grapefruit?
Dorothy Malone and Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep

Some island book lovers have organized what they hope will be the first in a series of book exchanges at which people can bring and/or take books and leave a donation for the palliative care charity Faros if they feel so inclined. The first is this Saturday, February 14, at the Orfeas Cinema in Skopelos Town, from 11am-1pm, entrance, naturally, free. While most books will be in English, they also welcome books (and readers) in Greek and the myriad other languages spoken on Skopelos. If the event is a success, they hope to repeat it regularly, benefiting other island causes.


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